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Cutting a cohabitee out of your Will?

The recent case of Thompson v Raggett has highlighted the risks of cutting a cohabitee out of your will. In this case Ms Thompson had lived with her partner, Mr Hodge, for over 40 years. Over the years Mr Hodge had made several wills in which Ms Thompson was a beneficiary however in his last […]

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Disappointed Beneficiaries – The importance of seeking early advice

In January the case of Sargeant v Sargeant decided that after 10 years since Probate was granted for her husband, the Claimant (Mrs Mary Sargeant) did not have permission to bring a claim against her husband’s estate. The Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975, commonly referred to as the 1975 Act, allows for […]

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Death Bed Gifts – Can dying wishes be challenged?

Often when dealing with will or beneficiary disputes we hear claims of the deceased, in their final days, telling their family and friends what they want them to have when they die, even if this contradicts their will or the intestacy rules. If someone is or believes themselves to be close to death they may […]

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